Hunter Anzac Memorial Limted
Board of Directors

Brett Wild

Brett Wild

Brett wild is the founder & inaugural Chairman of the Hunter Anzac Memorial Limited – a charity started in 2018 to support Veterans and acknowledge their sacrifices from all wars and conflicts that the ADF has contributed to since federation.

Brett was self-employed during his early years mainly in rural and other enterprises. He started his military career after first joining the CMF – Citizens Military Force – a modern day Army Reserve. Afterwards he joined the 1/19th RNSWR and later transferred to the 21st Construction Regiment and becoming an Army Engineer – RAE. In 1999 Brett committed to CFTS – Continuous Fulltime Service at Army Personnel Agency where he spent the next 9 years having served at Special Operations Command, 8 CER, 5 CER and finally at the Special Forces Training Centre at Singleton where he was the Adjutant and Training Warrant Officer.

Brett accepted a medical discharge in 2008 and now lives with his partner Charmaine who owns her own boarding kennel for dogs and cats in the Hunter Valley.

Ruth Rogers
Director, and Program Leader: Military Members Shed

Ruth Rogers

Ruth comes from a long line of Military family. 

Her father was a veteran of the Malaysian Emergency, PNG and Maralinga. Husband Alan and sister Cleon served 28 years as a Peacetime soldier and her son served in three overseas tours Timor Leste, Iraq and Afghanistan.

It was after her son was diagnosed with PTSD after a tour of Iraq and having to nurse him through it that she realised that there needed to be more for Veterans, spouses and Families. Her desire to assist veterans led her to Australian families of Military (AFOM) where she is a Director, fundraising for the Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project, Assists Legacy and singleton RSL Sub Branch.

Ruth is passionate about veterans and their physical and mental well being and is currently studying psychology to assist veterans and front-line service members with mental health and overall well-being and the HAM project is the ideal way of allowing veterans and members a place of belonging and identity

Patrick McAllister
Director, Project Management

Patrick McAllister

Patrick joined the Australian Regular Army in 1989 as a soldier and was allocated to the Royal Australian Survey Corps.  He completed postings to the Army Survey Regiment and the 1st Topographical Survey Squadron before attending the Royal Military College, Duntroon, in 1994.  On graduation, he was allocated to the Royal Australian Engineers and his postings included the 17th Construction Squadron, the 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment, the Joint Incident Response Unit and the Incident Response Regiment.  He then transferred to the Active Reserve and over the period 2003 to 2010, held several positions within the 8th Combat Engineer Regiment, the 21st Construction Regiment and Headquarters Forces Command.

Patrick was employed as a Project Manager by construction company Hansen Yuncken in 2008 and he’s been their Newcastle and Northern NSW Operations Manager since 2010.  With expertise in developing and leading high-performance teams from multidisciplinary backgrounds, Patrick has significant experience on construction projects of varying scale and complexity for both Government and private clients.

Blending his military background and interest in military history with his construction management experience, Patrick looks forward to supporting the Charity’s current and future projects.

Todd Vail
Director, and Program Leader: Military Armoured Restoration Society

Richard “Todd” Vail, RFD

Todd was born in Sydney in 1963 and spent his childhood in Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and Bangladesh. He was educated at Knox Grammar School in Sydney. In 1983 he was commissioned into the Army Reserve. He has served in the Army for 39 years in both the Reserve and Regular Army. During 1996 to 2001 he served as the Executive Officer to His Excellency, The Honourable Gordon Samuels, Governor of NSW. At the same time he served as the Commanding Officer of 4th /3rd Infantry Battalion of the Royal New South Wales Regiment. During his time in the Regular Army he completed two operational deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Todd is a passionate advocate for the preservation and understand of Australia’s military heritage has had a long association with the preservation of historic military vehicles. He served as President of the Australian Military Vehicle Collectors Society before becoming President of the Australian Armoured Vehicle Association in 2003, a position he still holds.

Todd is married to Ann-Marie and they have two adult children and reside in Sydney.

Chris Morrissey
Director, Krararree Project

Chris Morrissey

Chris Morrissey was born in Newcastle but has spent most of his life in the Tweed region of Northern NSW. Chris began his career as a tiling apprentice at age 14 and today is the owner/director of a successful tile importing and retailing business.

Chris has a strong commitment to his community and spent 12 years feeding the homeless and marginalised in the Tweed area. He now supports the Dalit Community in Northern India and provides young girls with accommodation and education to improve their prospects of employment and a better life.

Chris was a part-owner of the 75-year-old Sea Ambulance – The Krawarree. This unique piece of Australian history has since been passed on to the Hunter Anzac Memorial Charity for a complete restoration. Chris has proudly joined the new Board and will oversee the refurbishment. He is very excited about seeing her on the water again soon!   

Craig Wade
Director, Policy & Governance

Craig Wade

Craig has worked in local government for 30+ years with particular emphasis on Procurement, Inventory Management, Purchasing and Contractor / Risk Management.

He was a proud army cadet in his youth.

Craig is a member of the AMVC (Australian Military Vehicle Collectors Club) and shares a passion for military vehicles history and restoration with other enthusiasts. He owns a Perentie Landrover and Trailer in ADF Configuration that he is proud to share with others on Anzac Day and other remembrance events.

Craig has always had a keen military interest in historical events, tactics and the individuals who served and sacrificed all for what we share today.

Craig looks forward to assisting the Hunter Anzac Memorial developing a legacy for future generations to enjoy and share as we remember all sacrifices and service with the Memorial Greta / Branxton and the Greater Hunter Region.

Frank Zeigler
Director, Governance, Policy & OHS

Frank Ziegler

Frank has been a Director of the Professional Divers Group since it was established. Frank is a Commercial Diving Supervisor in accordance with AS/NZS2299.1:2015 and has over 35 years experience including over 6,000 hours of commercially logged dive time throughout Australia and around the world.

Frank has a Masters degree in Occupational Health and Safety with his thesis on safety in the onshore commercial diving industry in Australia. He also has a Graduate Diploma in disaster and risk management. Frank has written and presented courses on behalf of PDS for the Victorian and South Australian Work Cover Authorities, training their inspectorate in all matters pertaining to commercial diving.

Director, Communications and Education Programs

Duncan Burck

Duncan is the Managing Director of MCB Business Partners. As an innovative, result-driven and experienced business manager with an extensive background in consulting on and managing projects for business, community organisations, government agencies and corporates in the areas of economic, workforce and business development.

Through his companies existing contracts with the NSW Department fo Education and the highly acclaimed STEM Industry Skills Partnership Program,  Duncan will be engaging his extensive network of education and industry contacts to develop innovative learning activities which will see Australia's military history and future opportunities being embedded in NSW and Australia; Human Society & Its Environment (HESI) and Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) curriculums. 

Duncan is excited to be part of the team, bringing Hunter Anzac Memorial Limited and its projects to life and our next gens. 

Hunter Anzac Memorial Limted

Barney Collins

Barney Collins

Director - EJE Architecture
Project Advisor & Architect
Branxton To Greta Memorial Cycleway
Benjamin Connell

Benjamin Connell

Principal - Emerge Business Advisors
Company Secretary & Accountant
David Olsen

David Dial OAM

Military Historian
Advisor: Branxton To Greta Memorial Cycleway, Education and Leanring Program Development
Tracey Breese_

Tracey Breese

Principal - Hunter School of Performing Arts
Next Generation Engagement
Learning Program Development

Craig Olsen

Legal Representation
Corporate Governance